David Lappartient concerned about Chris Froome's safety at Tour de France: I have heard calls for violence
Jul 04 2018 01:59 pm CET

David Lappartient concerned about Chris Froome's safety at Tour de France: I have heard calls for violence
David Lappartient concerned about Chris Froome's safety at Tour de France: I have heard calls for violence
Tour de France

UCI's president David Lappartient has made a call to cycling fans that are set to attend the Tour de France to bring an environment free of violence to the race.

The president of the UCI is particularly worried about Chris Froome's safety and the threats of violence that have circulated online. The online advocates for violence have called for actions against the rider, despite having been cleared by the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency for the Salbutamol case.

"He has the right to operate in a safe environment," said Lappertient in an interview posted by the UCI on YouTube. "I have heard calls, sometimes completely irrational, for violence on the Tour de France - I can not accept that.

"I call on all spectators to protect all the athletes and to respect the judicial decision so that Chris Froome can compete in a safe and serene environment like all other athletes."

This would not be the first time that Froome has to face attacks at the Tour de France. In past editions, he has been spit on and urine has been thrown at him during the race.




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